Production Designer Stuart Craig Featured in The Telegraph


Feb 20, 2010

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Thanks to our Order Partner
we can let you know about a new article in The Telegraph about Stuart
Craig, the production designer on the Harry Potter films. The interview
covers Craig’s daily routine, his favourite props, favourite film and
even has a small picture of a map of Hogwarts drawn by J.K.Rowling, the
“first document from the very first day of the very first
coming-together of the book, the author and the movies, more than 10
years ago.”

The production designer also briefly mentions “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” throughout the article, such as when he talks about the “new Snitch that miraculously opens up to reveal the Resurrection Stone” created for the seventh film. Quotage:

The last time I cried was a few days ago when we filmed the death of Alan Rickman’s character, Snape. It’s quite difficult to cry in rushes – where we watch the previous day’s work – but he is an extraordinary actor and he dies an extremely good death. I don’t cry out loud, I have to say, but I do get a wet cheek.

[On life after Harry] I really am glad to have worked on the Potter films and in 10 years it has never seemed repetitive. After it all comes to an end, and I’m at home, I’m sure I’ll be grumpy for a few weeks because people won’t be interested in what I think any more. But I’m sure I’ll get used to that.

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28 Responses to Production Designer Stuart Craig Featured in The Telegraph

Avatar Imagebellaohbella says: oh no alans sene made im cry im gonna ball then!!!Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: dude i cant wait to see the snape scene. although it will be a bit depressing. Stuart has done an awesome job throughout this journeyAvatar ImageCissyMalfoy says: God, I'll die at that scene..... T____TAvatar ImageGiant Squid says: The Snape dying scene........I will be bawling!!!!!!!! :(Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: The Snape dying scene........I will be bawling!!!!!!!! :(Avatar Imagecghambright says: WICKED!! I can't believe they've already filmed that scene! I'm not a big Snape fan at all, but that scene was pretty sad in the movie. I can't wait to see how it looks on screen. The only person there when Snape takes his last breath is the boy he berated and ridiculed for the past 6 years. And of course his last words, "look at me" I'm going to be an absolute wreck. I also think there's a lot of symbolism in having Snape die in the Shrieking Shack. In a way, it was the Marauder's club house and I think Snape was always envious of them. Avatar ImageHPNAIV says: I can't believe they filmed it already... I'm going to have to bring a whole box of tissues to the theater. I never want the movies to end :(Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: I can't believe they just filmed that scene! OMG! I'm going to bawl like a baby when I see it... I know I am. :'( That scene made me cry while reading the book, so I'm going to need 2 boxes of tissues to watch it. Especially when he says, "Look at me"... OMG! :(Avatar Imagekatherine102678 says: Sounds like Snape's death scene is definitely going to require several tissues.Avatar Imagegirlatty1 says: Snape dying a good death? After being attacked by a giant snake?Avatar ImageJillxoxo says: I absolutely plan to take a box of tissues with me to this one. My heart is already breaking.Avatar ImageJillxoxo says: Oh, and much applause for Stuart Craig's terrific work over the years! I cannot believe that people will ever stop caring what he thinks. Avatar Imagemollywobble says: Agreed Jillxoxo. Stuart Craig has been here from the start. He took Jo's ideas and brought them to life. I think film students will be studying the Potter production designs for years to come. I'm glad Snape's death is emotional. We all knew Rickman could do it. I'm more interested in how Dan does. I really hope he lets himself be vulnerable. There's so much pressure on Dan to get it right. Ugh, that must be so stressful for an actor. Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: Thank you, Stuart Craig, for lending your creative and inimitable imagination to these films and conceiving for this world so many fantastic and memorable sets. Words cannot express how grateful we are for the impressive work you have done. As for Snape's death, his description alone is enough to convince me that Mr. Yates has made it both poignant and powerful and does the character justice.Avatar ImageMr. Brightside says: Man... the second part of the film will be a tissue feast @_@Avatar Imagekisoiscute says: I AM GONNA CRY AT THE PREMIRE IN FRONT OF MY CCRUSH( He asked me o the premire of DH)Avatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: :( I probably am going to cry when I see Snape's death! I can't believe they're already that far in shooting! But I can't wait to see the Golden Snitch! He did such an amazing job on the Weasley home, I can't believe it! He's hilarious 'because people won't be interested in what I think any more' LOL REMINDER TO EVERYONE: WHEN WATCHING DH PART 2, BRING A TISSUE BOX! OR MAYBE TWO.Avatar Imagerotfang07 says: First of all thank you Stuart Craig for your genius without which the Potter world would not have been brought to life. And, no, "the device for recording house points" was not "Creative licence" that your "team came up with" and, of course, it was in the books. Actually it was in all of them I think. Proof, once again, that reading the books is not a priority for those involved in making the films - HBP (p560; uk): "the giant Gryffindor hour-glass had been hit by a curse and the rubies within were still falling, with a loud rattle, onto the flagstones below ..." OotP (p561; uk): [Harry to Cho Chang] beckoning her across to the Entrance Hall where the giant hour-glasses stood. Gryffindor's was now almost empty" etc etc etc etc ... Avatar Imagealicia00 says: i am very sad :(Avatar ImageWendelin the Weird says: Ooo, I’m going to be crying my eyes out during this scene! It’s so emotional. Avatar ImageFifi says: Snape's already dead! This is sad...Avatar Imagephoenixes are in ravenclaw says: This is kinda random... I can't wait to see the Prince's tale on screen because it was my favorite part of the books!!!! :)Avatar ImageCarinaPotter says: I can't wait to see this movie. I'm planning to bring a box of tissues with me to the theater next year for the release.Avatar Imageleigia says: Ah, Craig created wonderful designs that will live forever in the hearts and minds of HP fans. I can easily picture his designs in place of my own imagination. Congrats to Craig on a job well done. As for Snape, well, we'll see how it will work out in the movie.Avatar ImageMoose_Starr says: Good grief I knew that DH would be emotional to see but, if the movie crew are crying over these scenes already, it's going to be real difficult ... I hadnt actually realized they've already filmed Snape's death scenes. Oh my gosh now I feel sad already :(Avatar Imagehewy says: Mr Craig, folks will be seeking you opinion and wisdom for years to come. Thank you for bringing the world of Harry Potter to life. From the outset of these films the scenery and the casting have been absolutely perfect and in rereading the books your beautiful scenery comes to mind as do the mental pictures of the characters. As for Snapes death scene - if they put that and Dobbys in the same movie I am going to need more than two boxes of tissues. Again thank you Mr. Craig for all you have done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar Imagehewy says: Just thought of an additional death that I am not looking forward to and that is Fred Weasly. This is truly going to be a bawling fest.Avatar Imagebettb says: Stuart Craig is brilliant and so dedicated to Jo's vision; I am just in awe. And so grateful that he has been on board throughout -- and for the WWoHP in Florida. The attention to detail in the props, sets, and costumes on these films staggers the mind. Maybe in the last film(s) the Weasley clock will get its closeup, altho I will hate to see Fred's hand pointing to "LOST." Talk about a tissue scene.

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